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Softball still hopeful for HCAC tournament spot with sweep over MSJ

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Hanover College softball team took a pair of one-run games at Mount St. Joseph on Friday afternoon, winning 4-3, before a 5-4 victory in nine innings.

The Panthers (16-17) are now 7-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and moved into the fifth spot in the conference standings. With just a doubleheader remaining at Bluffton, HC trails Manchester, who is 8-8 in the HCAC, for the fourth and final spot in the postseason conference tournament.

Hanover received 10 hits from eight different players in the opening game. McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) doubled in the first inning for one of her two hits in the game, as Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored on the play to give HC an early 1-0 lead.

After a three-run third frame for the Lions (15-22-1, 4-10 HCAC) that gave MSJ its first lead, the Blue and Red responded with one run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth inning to capture the 4-3 win.

Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) singled to lead off the fourth and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.).

Skutt scored her second run of the contest in the fifth inning after leading off the frame with a double, and scored on the next at-bat with a Writt single down the left field line.

Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) posted what would turn out to be the game winning hit with a single through the left side, scoring Kasie Doherty (Nabb, Ind.).

Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) picked up her ninth win of the season, as she pitched a complete game, holding the Lions to six hits while striking out seven batters.

The second tilt saw the Panthers get outhit 8-6, but the combined pitching effort from Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) and Griffin allowed just three earned runs in nine innings to secure the doubleheader sweep.

Phillippe started the game in the pitching circle, going 6.0 innings and striking out four batters. Griffin came on in relief to pitch 3.0 innings, allowing two hits and striking out four as she picked up her second win of the day.

Hanover did not record its first hit of the contest until the top of the sixth inning, which is where the Panthers scored the game’s first run. Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) led off the frame with a single to right center. Doherty then came on to pinch run and later scored on a Burke single up the middle.

The Lions however, tallied two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 advantage.

Down to their final out of the contest in the top of the seventh, the Panthers received a home run from Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) to tie the contest at 2-2 and force extra innings.

After a scoreless eighth inning, HC tacked on three runs in the ninth to secure its third extra-inning win in four tries this season. A Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.) RBI single to center field gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead, and in the next at-bat Luster hit a home run to give HC two insurance runs.

Hanover will look to secure its spot in the HCAC tournament on Saturday at Bluffton. The doubleheader is scheduled for an 11 a.m. first pitch.

GAME 1| GAME 2

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Baseball wins sixth straight; Game two at Bluffton to resume on Saturday

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Hanover College baseball team took game one at Bluffton on Friday evening 14-4, before the second game was suspended at 3-3 after nine innings due to light.

In the opener, HC received a four-run fifth and five-run ninth inning, plus multi-RBI performances from each of the top five batters in the line up to engineer its sixth straight victory.

John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 3-for-5 at the plate, scoring three runs and added two RBI. Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) led the team in the first game with three RBI as he was 2-for-6 and scored twice.

On the mound, Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) went seven innings, allowing four runs -- two earned -- as he improved to 2-3 on the season.

Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) logged his lone hit of the contest in the top of the second inning, ripping a triple to score Brook Bailey (Madison, Miss.). Meszaros later scored on sacrifice fly by Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.), giving HC an early 2-0 lead.

The first four batters reached safely in the fifth frame for Hanover (11-21, 8-12 HCAC), as the run was capped with a double from Shine that scored two runs. Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) added his own two-RBI double later in the inning to put the Panthers up 6-1.

In the sixth inning, Shine tripled to score Fitch, and later crossed home plate himself on a wild pitch. After the Beavers (12-22, 7-14 HCAC) added two runs in the bottom half of the inning, HC led 8-3.

A Chase Sizemore base hit in the eighth inning gave the Panthers a 9-4 lead. Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) and Scheil each posted base hits that scored two runs each in the ninth to highlight the five run inning, giving HC the 14-4 edge.

The second game is currently in a 3-3 standstill after nine innings of play. The conclusion of the contest will occur at 10 a.m. on Saturday, prior to the series finale.

Hanover is outhitting the Beavers 11-5 in the second game, but have left 14 runners stranded through nine innings. Stover is the lone Panther with multiple hits in the contest.

Shine recorded a RBI single in the fifth inning, while Ares scored on a wild pitch and Sizemore logged a RBI sac fly in the seventh for HC’s three runs.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Softball swept by Transylvania on Senior Day

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College softball team received strong performances from its two seniors, but dropped both games in the home doubleheader with Transylvania on Thursday evening, 7-4 and 8-0.

In their final home games of their careers Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) and Kasie Doherty (Nabb, Ind.) each shined. Burke went 1-for-4 in the doubleheader, but made three diving catches in the field and scored two of HC’s four runs in the opener.

Doherty was one of just three batters in the 7-4 loss to record two hits as she also recorded on one run scored in the first half of the doubleheader.

After falling behind by two runs early, Hanover (14-17, 5-7 HCAC) tied the contest at 2-2 in the bottom of the third inning. The seniors combined to produce the first HC run as Doherty doubled to lead off the third and Burke drove her in with a single up the middle. Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) made it 2-2 with a RBI double to left center, scoring Burke.

A five-run fifth inning however, gave the Pioneers (24-10, 13-1 HCAC) a 7-2 advantage. Doherty, who singled to lead off the seventh frame later scored on a double from McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.). Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) also scored on the Writt hit as the Panthers fell 7-4.

In the second half of the doubleheader the Panthers tallied five hits from five different players, but could not scratch across a run falling 8-0.

The Pioneers logged two runs in the first and fifth innings, and a four-run fourth frame gave them eight runs for the contest. Hanover was outhit 12-5 in the second game.

The Blue and Red will be on the road Friday as they travel to face Mount St. Joseph for a doubleheader with a 3:30 p.m. first pitch.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Men's lacrosse drops home finale to Transylvania

HANOVER, Ind. – Three individual Panthers scored in the men’s lacrosse’s home finale on Thursday evening, a 12-5 loss at the hands of Ohio River Lacrosse Conference team Transylvania (Ky.)

Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.), Nick Groves (Fishers, Ind.), and Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) each tallied goals on the day while Schell and Dakota Kwasny (Port Washington, Wis.) collected assists.

Hanover (7-7, 5-1 ORLC) was edged by Transylvania (7-6, 5-1 ORLC) in faceoffs, going 10-of-21. The Panthers did however, gain the advantage in turnovers with 18 compared to the Pioneers’ 20.

The Blue and Red allowed one goal within the first few minutes of the first quarter before going on a 2-0 run with an unassisted Groves goal at 8:36 and a Warner score from Kwasny, while a man-up, to give the Panthers their first lead of the game. The Pioneers, however, scored three more goals to build a 4-2 edge at the end of the quarter.

Schell sank the first goal of the second quarter at the 10:42 mark to close the gap at 4-3. Unfortunately, that was Hanover’s only goal of the quarter, as the Pioneers went on a 3-0 spurt to lift their lead to four at 7-3.

In the third quarter, Hanover’s lone goal came from Schell yet again at the 7:02 mark after surrendering two Transylvania goals. A final Pioneer goal of the third stanza came with 5:55 left to put the Pioneers up 10-4.

A final Panther goal came from Groves in the fourth quarter, bringing the lead down to five at 10-5. Two more Pioneer goals capped the game at 12-5.

Three seniors played their final home game at Alumni Stadium as Eric Haywood (Noblesville, Ind.), Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.) and Stephen Farrow (La Grange, Ky.) took to the field one last time in the contest.

Hanover will be idle until Saturday, April 30 where they travel to ORLC foe Saint Vincent in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for a 1 p.m. faceoff time.

Written by Sports Information Intern, David Gibson.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Men's tennis tallies 7-2 win at Wittenberg

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – For the third consecutive match, the Hanover College men’s tennis team tallied a 7-2 victory, this time defeating Wittenberg on the road Monday evening.

The Panthers (11-7) have now won five straight matches and are 7-2 in the month of April. The Tigers fall to 7-15 overall with the loss.

Three different players for HC picked up both singles and doubles points in the win against Wittenberg. Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) were paired together at No. 3 doubles, taking the point with a score of 8-3.

Barrett then went on to win at No. 2 singles with two, 6-3 set victories. Bates competed in the fifth slot I singles competition as he won 6-0, 6-3.

The third member to record two wins on the day was Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.). Clark and Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) took No. 1 doubles 8-4, before Clark went on to add a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.

Andrew Fox (Muncie, Ind.) and Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) won in straight sets at three and six singles respectively, as both posted 6-0 wins in the second set.

Hanover will take the conference’s longest active winning streak into a home contest with Earlham at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

RESULTS

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Stover's ninth-inning heroics make it five straight wins for baseball

BATAVIA, Ohio – Hanover’s baseball team picked up its fifth consecutive victory after freshman Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) posted a RBI single in the top of the ninth inning, as the Panthers held on for a 6-5 win on Sunday afternoon.

With the game tied at 5-5, John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the top of the ninth inning. He then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error and with two outs in the frame Stover hit a single through the left side to put HC up 6-5.

Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) conceded one hit in the bottom of the ninth, but struck out two batters en route to his fifth save of the season.

The Panthers (10-21, 7-12 HCAC) have moved into a three-way tie for seventh in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and are just four games back from the fourth and final qualifying spot for the conference tournament. Hanover has eight games remaining in its conference schedule.

Stover went 2-for-4 at the plate, as he was one of four Panther batters to record two hits in the contest. Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) pitched 0.2 innings in relief as he picked up his first career collegiate victory.

After a scoreless three innings both HC and MSJ tallied three runs in the fourth frame. Brooks Bailey (Madison, Miss.) ripped a double down the left field line for one of his two hits in the ballgame, which scored Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.). Peyton Jones (Plainfield, Ind.) singled to left field and later scored on a ground out for the second run of the inning. The final run came on a Kyle Kruer (Sellersburg, Ind.) base hit which scored Bailey.

Kruer and Bailey combined to add another run in the top of the sixth inning as Bailey walked and then scored on a Kruer double to right center. Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) made it back-to-back RBI doubles to put HC in front 5-3.

The Lions (18-15, 7-13 HCAC) tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the contest at 5-apiece.

Hanover held a 10-9 advantage in hits for the contest as it is the third time in the last four games that the Panthers have recorded double digit hits.

The Blue and Red have the longest active winning streak in the HCAC at five, and will take the streak into a 6 p.m. contest against Franklin at Victory Field in Indianapolis on Wednesday, April 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Softball earns split at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Taking a break from conference action, the Hanover College softball team split a road doubleheader at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, dropping the opener 1-0 before taking the second game 6-2.

The Panthers are now 14-15 overall this season. the 6-2 win snapped the Pomeroys’ eight game winning streak, as SMWC goes to 27-6 overall.

Hanover was led in the second half of the doubleheader by Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.), who recorded three hits in four at-bats, driving in a team high two runs. Four other batters for HC added two hits in the contest as well.

The Blue and Red received a complete game performance from Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) in the pitching circle. Phillippe conceded eight hits in the ballgame, but allowed just two runs, as SMWC stranded seven runners on base.

Freshman Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.) reached on an error in the second inning, as Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.), who singled earlier in the frame scored, giving HC its first lead of the day at 1-0.

The Pomeroys scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a brief advantage, before a four-run fifth inning for the Panthers gave them a 5-2 edge.

With one out in the fifth, HC recorded three consecutive hits as Dabney Skutt’s (Indianapolis, Ind.) single to left field scored Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.). Then with the bases loaded Hughes doubled to right center field to drive in two runs.

McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) reached base safely on a hit by pitch and later came across home plate on a ground out for the fourth run of the inning.

Poe hit a RBI double down the left field line in the seventh inning to add an additional insurance run, putting HC up 6-2.

After allowing the two runs in the fourth frame, Phillippe retired the Pomeroys in order in the fifth through seventh innings.

In the opening game, the Panthers tallied just three hits in the contest. Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) pitched a scoreless game until the bottom of the sixth inning, where she conceded one run on two hits.

Hanover will return to conference play at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, when they travel to face Mount St. Joseph for a two game set.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Panthers go low in opening rounds of HCAC Championship

SEYMOUR, Ind. – Sparked by a second round 297, the Hanover College men’s golf team sits in second place after the opening two rounds of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.

The Panthers hosted the opening two rounds this past Saturday and Sunday at Shadowood Golf Course, posting team scores of 302 and 297. Hanover has now recorded sub-300 rounds in two of its last three tries.

Junior Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) was the big mover on Day Two as he was the only player to shoot under par in the second round with a 71, to move up 19 spots after an opening round 80. Hamilton is currently tied for eighth and leads the field in pars with 24.

Leading the way in scoring through two rounds is freshman Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) as he is in a tie for sixth with a total of 150 (77-73). Smith has had a balanced attack through two rounds, ranking among the top 10 in par three, four, and five scoring averages.

Also tied for eighth with Hamilton is freshman Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.). Butte ripped off rounds of 76 and 75 to record a 151 at the tournament’s halfway mark. Leading the team in par five scoring average at minus-five, Butte also recorded the most birdies for HC with seven.

Junior Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) is tied for 11th with a mark of 153 (75-78). Vidal tied for the team lead in par four scoring average at plus-two.

Sophomore Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) made it five Panthers in the top half of the field as he is tied for 17th after a two round score of 156 (74-82).

Hanover trails Transylvania by two strokes, as the Pioneers posted a 597 in the opening weekend. The Pioneers have won each of the last nine HCAC championships.

In all, the Blue and Red recorded eight of a possible 10 rounds under the 18 hole scoring average of 79.03.

The Panthers will complete the final two rounds of the conference championship next weekend at Honeywell Golf Course in Wabash, Indiana. The third round will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30.

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Panthers take two at Mount. St. Joseph

BATAVIA, Ohio – The Hanover College baseball team earned its third and fourth consecutive conference victories on Saturday afternoon, defeating Mount St. Joseph 2-0 and 11-9.

The four game winning streak for the Panthers (9-21, 6-12 HCAC) is the longest active streak among any team in the conference. The Lions are now 18-14 overall and 7-12 in the HCAC.

GAME ONE

The Panthers received their second consecutive solid outing from the starting pitching staff as Nick Brunner (North Vernon, Ind.) went 7.2 innings, allowing no runs on just three hits. Brunner also struck out six to record his first victory of the season.

Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) picked up his fourth save of the season, as he allowed just one hit in a scoreless ninth frame.

Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) led off the contest with a double to right field and moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt. Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) then drove in Ares with a ground out to third base, giving the Panthers an early 1-0 lead.

In the top of the third inning, John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) walked and eventually scored to give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage. Scheil stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and then scored on a balk.

Brunner did not allow a hit in the first four innings before conceding a base hit in the fifth and sixth frames.

The 2-0 win is HC’s first shutout victory of the season.

GAME TWO

The second game saw big inning fireworks from each sides, as both HC and MSJ posted an inning of five runs or more. Ares went 4-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the Panthers in game two.

Shine added a 2-of-3 performance, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Brooks Bailey (Madison, Miss.) scored a team high three runs, while going 2-for-3 and driving in another two runs.

Hanover outhit the Lions 14-6 in the contest, and committed zero errors to MSJ’s four. The Blue and Red left nine runners stranded while the Lions totaled five.

Trailing by one run entering the top of the ninth inning, HC rallied to score five runs to recapture the lead at 11-7. Peyton Jones (Plainfield, Ind.) posted a RBI base hit to score Shine and was followed by a Bailey double which scored two runs. Ares and Scheil each added RBI singles to center field to cap the scoring melee.

In the top of the opening inning is where the Panthers took their first lead of the second contest, when Shine and Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) each recorded RBI singles to right field, putting HC in front 2-0.

Scheil reached on an error in the third inning as he later scored to put the Blue and Red up 3-1. The Lions however, tacked on six runs on three hits in the bottom half of the frame, taking their first lead of the day at 7-3.

A sacrifice bunt from Kyle Kruer (Sellersburg, Ind.) and a sac fly from Shine scored Bailey and Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) in the fourth frame, cutting the gap to 7-5. Meszaros went 2-for-2 in the ballgame and scored twice.

Ares singled down the right field line in the eighth inning to score Bailey, closing the deficit to 7-6 and setting up the ninth inning rally.

The Panthers will be back in action today, Sunday, April 24, as they close out the weekend series with Mount St. Joseph at noon.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Softball sweeps Rose-Hulman on the road

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover College softball team took two road wins in thrilling fashion at Rose-Hulman on Saturday afternoon, winning 2-0 and 6-5 in nine innings.

The two wins today gives HC a 7-3 record over its last 10 games, and improves them to 13-14 overall and 5-5 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

GAME ONE

Sydney Griffin (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitched her third shutout of the season, improving her record to 8-4. She allowed just two hits, striking out a season high 11 RHIT batters.

Griffin was on early, retiring the first nine Engineer batters she faced. It was not until the bottom of the fourth inning that RHIT broke up Griffin’s no-hit bid.

Each side went scoreless over the first six frames, taking a 0-0 stalemate into the final inning. With one out in the top of the seventh McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) singled and was followed by a double from Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.) to put two runners in scoring position.

After a strikeout, Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a single to score Writt, and a fielding error by the Engineers (11-15, 2-8 HCAC) scored Hughes on the play as well, giving HC a 2-0 advantage.

Griffin allowed just one base runner in the bottom of the seventh on a walk, but recorded three punch outs to secure the win.

The Engineers left seven runners stranded for the game while the Panthers left just two runners on. Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the lone Panther to record multiple hits in the opener, going 2-for-3.

GAME TWO

With a 3-for-4 performance in the second half of the doubleheader, Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) led the team in hits, tallying one run scored and one RBI as well. Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) added two hits in three at-bats.

Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) pitched three innings in relief, allowing zero earned runs to pick up her first collegiate victory. Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) started in the pitching circle, going six innings, allowing two runs on two hits.

The Panthers led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, which was where the Engineers rallied to score three times to send the game to extra innings.

Luster recorded a sacrifice fly to left field to score Writt, who was placed on second as part of the international tie breaker rule. Rose-Hulman again tied the contest in the bottom half of the eighth to continue the contest.

Haleigh Kelly (Coatesville, Ind.) posted a RBI single in the ninth, and later scored what would end up being the game winning run on a passed ball.

Wiseman retired all three batters she faced in the ninth, allowing just the one international tie breaker run.

Gabby Ritchey scored on a passed ball in the first inning and Hughes added a RBI sacrifice fly in the third inning to put the Blue and Red up 2-0. Burke gave HC a 3-0 edge in the top of the fourth with a RBI double to score Poe.

The Panthers are now 2-1 in extra-inning games this season.

Hanover will stay on the road for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on Sunday.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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